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Seadoors Liveboard, Philippines

SEadoors liveaboard, Philippines

Tubbataha and Visayas (2-11 Nights) | From $317++/night

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The Seadoors is a French-owned scuba diving liveaboard built with photographers and tech divers in mind.

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Location

Seadoors cruises Tubbataha between March and June and the Visayas between July and February.

 

Dive Overview

Diving the Philippines means access to a wide assortment of marine environments, such as coastal reefs and steep walls and pinnacles. Seadoors places divers amongst beautiful corals and a plethora of wildlife. Whale sharks frequent many of the dive sites.

Learn more on Tubbataha diving and Malapascua diving or see Seadoor's itineraries.

 

 

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Seadoors Accommodation Overview

She has eight comfortable air-conditioned cabins with private showers and toilet, hot water, a double bed and a single bed in every cabin, two deluxe cabins. All cabins have windows in the bathrooms. Luxury Cabins are more spacious, with access in the bed by both sides, four windows, numerous cabinets, desk. The standard cabins have a good space, three windows, cabinets, desk. All the cabins have a queen size bed and a single bed, they are perfectly adapted for sharing, a spacious hot water shower bathroom, and private toilet. Towels are supplied. The cabins are air-conditioned, the window in the bathroom gives a good ventilation. Plugs are in 220V adapter are not necessary.

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Deluxe (LEFT) & Standard (RIGHT) Cabins


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General Facilities

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Front Deck (LEFT) & Sundeck (RIGHT)

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Dive Deck (LEFT) & Chase Boat (RIGHT)

 

Seadoors BoAt Features

  • Cozy air-conditioned living-room for relaxation
  • Outside dining room
  • Bar on the back poop deck
  • Sundeck
  • Solarium in the bow

 

Seadoors Dive Facilities

  • Diving platform with personal arrangements
  • Two compressors 18 m3 nitrox mixer
  • Booster
  • Rebreather Megalodon
  • Two 8m polyester chase boats powered with outboard engines 55HP
  • Nitrox

 

Food & Drinks Aboard Seadoors

  • The local menus and French food will give you papillae pleasure.
  • Wine amaters will find some in the cellar of the seadoors, there is a fresh cupboard with beers and home-made fruit juice.
  • Alcoholic drinks prices are noted in the price lists menu, sodas, water, tea, coffee and fruit juices are free.
  • You will enjoy the early morning breakfast before the first dive, the copious breakfast after the first dive, lunch at noon, snacks in the afternoon and dinner at the end of the day.
  • The bar is permanently open, a waiter will be always there to serve you.
 

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Schedule, Rates & availability

The actual rates are based in EUR. The starting price indicated above may vary based on the current exchange rate.

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The rates shown below are per person in USD. The pricing at the time of booking may vary depending on the latest EUR/USD exchange rate. 

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Inclusions

  • The transfers from the local airport or from your hotel towards the boat round trip
  • The lodging on board in cabin (double bed + single bed) shower and private toilet
  • All meals on board, the coffee from (coffeepot), tea, fruit juices
  • Non-alcoholics drinks (juice, soda, water etc.)
  • 3 to 4 dives including night dive, subject to the conditions of navigation and dive safety
  • Tank12L, ballast and belts

 

Exclusions

  • Possible fuel surcharge
  • The marine park taxes
  • The dive risk insurance
  • The repatriation insurance
  • The cancelation insurance
  • The rent of equipment
  • Alcoholic drinks, coffee espresso
  • The Airport taxes
  • The air transports
  • The excursions
  • All meals out of the boat
  • Hotel rooms
  • The dive Guide for the divers having less than 30 dives whatever level
  • The nitrox
  • The tank 15l
  • Additional charge deluxe cabins


Rates & Availability

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Itinerary Overview

SEADOORS proposes scuba diving liveaboards in the Philippines archipelago, on two different locations: the Tubbataha Atolls and the Visayas archipelago. They take place in two well defined seasons. The transition liveaboards crossing the Sulu Sea mixes the better of each.

  • 1. TUBBATAHA from March to June. These Atolls, of world reputation, are in the center of SULU SEA, in a national sanctuary, registered by UNESCO world heritage
  • 2. VISAYAS in July August and October to March with several itineraries: MALAPASCUA, CAMIGUIN, VISAYAS LONG TRIP, VISAYAS SPECIAL SHARKS, 
  • VISAYAS SIYAM ARAW, on world-famous scuba diving spot
  • 3. The two transition liveaboards cross the SULU SEA, from Cebu in March, from Palawan in June, an unforgettable trip which explores the Tubbataha Atolls, the Cagayan Islands and Visayas archipelago.
 

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Tubbataha Itinerary

  • Arrival to PUERTO PRINCESA, A guide will pick you up at your hotel or at the airport, and will drive you to Seadoors. Welcome on board, safety boat briefing and assignation of cabins. We will sail to the atolls for 9 hours.
  • D1 NORTH ATOLL MALAYAN WRECK, drift dive on a wall covered by sea fans, we often see Hammerhead Sharks. Grey sharks and whitetip Sharks are always in the area. The very nice reef gives refuge to nurse shark. We end the dive on the wreck with Bumphead Parrotfishes. The spot of Wall Street is on a sharp corner in powerful current appreciated by the grey sharks and schools of juvenile sharks. Night dive on Malayan Wreck with the Bumphead Parrotfishes and the turtles
  • D2 SOUTH ATOLL KO OK, in the blue, we look for a school of hammerhead sharks. We end on a magnificent coral plateau under the shadow of jack fishes school. 
  • DELSAN WRECK, jackfishes, grey sharks, whitetip sharks, Tawny nurse shark, sometimes tiger shark and whale sharks come to this cleaning station. 
  • TRIGGER FISH CITY, a drifting scuba dive above a shining white sand plateau in contrast with Japanese gardens, the sun lightning the corals give an extraordinary dimension to this dive.
  • D3 BLACK rock two dives to enjoy this gigantic cleaning station. Long drifting scuba dive on hundreds of meters, we cross big pélagiques, schools of reef fishes. It is very common to see eagle rays, 
  • school of grey sharks, black and white tip sharks. AMOS ROCK a nice wall very rich in hard and soft corals. School of Barracudas, the big Stingray, the marble ray, and big pélagiques. Aperitif on the rangers Island ...... sunset on the beach.
  • D4 NORTH ATOLL, SHARK AIRPORT. The biggest cleaning station of Tubbataha, a spot with perfect dimensions for scuba diving. A drift dive on an extremely rich plateau. Everything can arrive, Schools of silky sharks, schools of grey sharks, whitetip sharks. The luckiest shall meet whale shark and especially the guitar shark! SEAFAN ALLEY is a wall covered with giants gorgonians on hundreds of meters.
  • D5 JESSIE BEAZLEY is an outside reef in the north-west of the atolls. An outstanding atmosphere for a dive with extreme feelings. Hammerhead sharks, silky sharks and grey sharks are frequent. The coral garden, very protected makes gigantic stairs of acropores. The current is there sometimes strong and attracts the big pélagiques and the whale sharks to eat plankton.
  • Return to Puerto Princesa. You will be transferred to the airport or to your hotel.
  • The route can undergo modifications according to the weather conditions or the safety conditions. The description of the dives is based on what we were able to observe regularly, but every dive is different.

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Visayas-Malapascua Itinerary

  • Arrival to CEBU, our guide will pick you up at your hotel or at the airport, and drive you to the boat, welcome on board, safety briefing and assignation of cabins.
  • D1 MONAD SHOAL, quite unique cleaning station for Thresher Sharks, flights of Mobula Rays, Doña Marylin, the wreck of a Ferry 30 m deep, interesting peripheral and internal exploration , Gato Island, the tunnel passage which crosses the island covered with Yellow anemones, whitetip sharks spectators, pygmies seahorses , Harlequin shrimps and Spider Crabs. We end the day with an exceptional night dive.
  • D2 MARIPIPI, Bull Shark Reef, magnificent high bottom, well-preserved coral, abundant fauna white and blacktip Sharks.......Punk Forest, mess of black coral with different fluorescent colors. The dive end up into Canyons covered by giant sea fans. South Point easy drifting scuba dive on a rocky bottom. There are massives fallen rocks and canyons dressed in soft corals, rich in Barracudas and angelfishes.
  • D3 MONAD SHOAL come back
  • KIMOD in season will give the opportunity to interact with the school of hammerhead sharks.
  • CAMOTES small excursion to a cave where we shall rinse ourselves in a fresh water underground swimming
  • pool and visit an elementary school of a typic village. Night dive on Tulang Island walls.
  • D4 Southern LEYTE, Limasawa, deep wall, wonderful coral garden, huge sea fans, whale sharks on the season. Medicare, slope with Ghostpipe fishes, nudibranchs varieties of sea turtles, crinoids, squat lobsters, frogfishes, seahorses ..... Padre Burgos one of the best night dive of Philippines, many endemic species, sea turtles, nudibranchs, seahorses, stargazers frogfishes, crocodile fishes ......
  • D5 LEYTE Panaon Island
  • Napantao, one of the top ten dives in Visayas, as much by the diversity of the Flora and the fauna as by the density, black Coral, Seafans, pygmies seahorses, Exploration of an underwater river of fresh water which develops a particular ecosystem. Sometimes whale shark in the South of the island.
  • Return to Cebu, transfer to the international airport.
  • The route can undergo modifications according to the weather conditions or the safety conditions. The description of the dives is based on what we were able to observe regularly, but every dive is different.
 

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Visayas-Camiguin Itinerary

  • Arrival to CEBU, A guide will pick you up at your hotel or at the airport, and drive you to the boat. Welcome on board, safety briefing and assignation of cabins.
  • D1 Southern LEYTE, Limasawa, Walls with a magnificent coral garden and sea fans.
  • We can swim with Whale sharks during season. Medicare, a steep slope where there are ghost pipefishes (also called false pipefishes or tube-mouth fishes, ghost fishes), nudibranchs, green sea turtles, crinoids, squat lobster, frogfishes, seahorses.... Padre Burgos, a remarkable night dive certainly the most beautiful of the Philippines There are many endemic species, turtles, nudibranchs, seahorses, stargazer, crocodile fishes
  • D2 LEYTE Panaon Island
  • Napantao, one of the top ten dives in Visayas, as much by the diversity of the Flora and the fauna as by the density, black Coral, Seafans, pygmies seahorses, Exploration of an underwater river of fresh water which develops a particular ecosystem. Sometimes whale shark in the South of the island.
  • D3 CAMIGUIN Bulias Reef is a reef with black coral and soft corals, Tunas, jackfishes, moray. Mantigue Island is a sanctuary with huge schools of jack fishes, samaral rabbitfishes, lutjanus fishes, Red Emperor Snapper Fishes....., White Island large variety of hard and soft corals giant sea fans, sponges, pygmies seahorses sea turtles jacks fishes, nudibranchs, spider crabs, frogfishes stingrays ....
  • D4 Day program: Whale sharks....
  • BALICASAG, Black Forest is a 45 m wall with sea fans, corals, barracudas, uncountable turtles schools of jack fishes. Rudy Rock 50 m, wall, coral and gorgonians varied Triggerfishes, Bathfishes, moray Frog fishes, ghost pipefishes. Cathedral is a wall with magnificent light effects. A lot of different species of fishes can be seen as triggerfishes, snappers, sweet lips...
  • D5 CABILAO Light House is a 60m wall. We can see Dogtooth tuna, Rainbow runners fishes, Napoleon Truck Wrasse. View Point a Plateau: with several soft corals and sea fans with pygmies seahorses, syngnathus, leaf fishes, angelfishes, oriental Sweet Lips, gropper, scorpionfishes.
  • Return to Cebu, transfer to the international airport.
  • The route can undergo modifications according to the weather conditions or the safety conditions. The description of the dives is based on what we were able to observe regularly, but every dive is different.

 

Visayas Special Shark Diving

  • The Visayas diving liveaboard special shark in the Philippines, starting from Cebu, is a diving liveaboard with M/V Seadoors focusing on the watching of Visayas sharks. This diving liveaboard sails all around the Visayas, to dive at Malapascua, Leyte, Bohol, Apo Island. To the program the threshers Sharks of Malapascua, the majestic whale sharks of Visayas, but also all the range of the coral sharks. The hammer sharks, grey sharks, tiger sharks will be more difficult to chase away
  • The diving liveaboard route is directed to the shark search, it can increase the distances, the navigation is mostly by night.
  • This diving liveaboard is for confirmed divers.
 

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Cebu-Sulu Itinerary

  • Arrival to CEBU City, A guide will pick you up at your hotel or at the airport, and will transfer you to the boat. Welcome on board, boat briefing and assignation of cabins.
  • D1 Day program THE WHALE SHARKS. BALICASAG, Black Forest wall 45 m deep with sea fans, corals, barracudas, uncountable turtles, schools of jack fishes.
  • CABILAO, SUMILON island
  • D2 RUDY ROCK 50 m wall deep, coral and gorgonians varied Triggerfishes, Bathfishes, moray Frogfishes, ghost pipefishes.
  • CATHEDRAL, wall, with magnificent lighting effects with Triggerfishes Titans and Picasso, hudge Jack fishes...
  • D3 APO ISLAND: WEST ROCK & EAST ROCK.
  • Staggering coral reef sloping down ending in a wall. Commonly seen leave fish, ghost pipefish and frogfishes.
  • SANCTUARY is a huge hard coral garden. The coral formations are perfect, we can spot mandarin fishes.
  • D4 CAGAYAN ISLANDS, CALUSA ISLAND. It is a small island near Cagayans, in the center of Sulu Sea. We dive early morning to see all the reef sharks and turtles in this extraordinary reef. SUB WAY it is a straight wall with a kind of way on the wall done by sea erosion. It is all covered with giant sea fans. We can spot barracudas hunting, as well as sharks, school of jack fishes.
  • D5 JESSIE BEAZLEY is an outside reef in the north-west of Tubbataha atolls. An outstanding atmosphere for a dive with extreme feelings. Hammerhead sharks, silky sharks and grey sharks are frequent. The coral garden, very protected makes gigantic stairs of acropores. The current is there sometimes strong and attracts the big pélagiques and the whale sharks to eat plankton.
  • D6 SOUTH ATOLL KO OK. Looking for a school of hammerhead sharks in the blue, we continue on a magnificent coral plateau under the shadow of a school of jackfishes. DELSAN WRECK. jack fishes, grey sharks, whitetip sharks, Tawny nurse shark, sometimes tiger shark and whale sharks come to this cleaning station. TRIGGER FISH CITY, a drifting scuba dive above a shining white sand plateau in contrast with Japanese gardens, the sun lightning the corals give an extraordinary dimension to this dive.
  • D7 NORTH ATOLL, SHARK AIRPORT. The biggest cleaning station of Tubbataha, a spot with perfect dimensions for scuba diving. A drift dive on an extremely rich plateau. Everything can arrive, Schools of silky sharks, schools of grey sharks, whitetip sharks. The luckiest shall meet whale shark and especially the guitar shark! SEAFAN ALLEY is a wall covered with giants gorgonians on hundreds of meters.
  • Arrival to PUERTO PRINCESA, you will be transferred to the airport or to your hotel.
  • The route can undergo modifications according to the weather conditions or the safety conditions. The description of the dives is based on what we were able to observe regularly, but every dive is different.

 

Palawan-Sulu Itinerary

  • Arrival to PUERTO PRINCESA, A guide will pick you up at your hotel or at Puerto Princesa airport and will drive you to the boat. Welcome on board, boat briefing, and assignation of cabins. We will sail for about 9 hours to the atolls.
  • D1 NORTH ATOLL, SHARK AIRPORT. The biggest cleaning station of Tubbataha. a spot with perfect dimensions for scuba diving. A drift dive on an extremely rich plateau. Everything can arrive, Schools of silky sharks, schools of grey sharks, whitetip sharks. The luckiest shall meet whale shark and especially the guitar shark! SEAFAN ALLEY is a wall covered with giants gorgonians on hundreds of meters.
  • D2 SOUTH ATOLL KO OK. Looking for a school of hammerhead sharks in the blue, we continue on a magnificent coral plateau under the shadow of a school of jack fishes. DELSAN WRECK. jack fishes, grey sharks, whitetip sharks, Tawny nurse shark, sometimes tiger shark and whale sharks come to this cleaning station.
  • TRIGGER FISH CITY, a drifting scuba dive above a shining white sand plateau in contrast with Japanese gardens, the sun lightning the corals give an extraordinary dimension to this dive.
  • D3 JESSIE BEAZLEY is an outside reef in the north-west of the atolls. An outstanding atmosphere for a dive with extreme feelings. Hammerhead sharks, silky sharks and grey sharks are frequent. The coral garden, very protected makes gigantic stairs of acropores. The current is there sometimes strong and attracts the big pélagics and the whale sharks to eat plankton.
  • D4 CAGAYAN ISLANDS, CALUSA ISLAND. It is a small island near Cagayans, in the center of Sulu Sea. We dive early morning to see all the reef sharks and turtles in this extraordinary reef.
  • SUB WAY is a straight wall with a kind of way on the wall done by sea erosion. It is all covered with giant sea fans. We can spot barracudas hunting, as well as sharks, school of jackfish.
  • D5 APO ISLAND
  • WEST ROCK & EAST ROCK. Staggering coral reef sloping down, ending in a wall. Commonly seen leave fish, ghost pipefish and frogfishes. SANCTUARY is a huge hard coral garden. The coral formations are perfect, we can spot mandarin fishes.
  • D6 Day program: THE WHALE SHARKS.... BALICASAG, Black Forest wall 45 m deep with sea fans, corals, barracudas, uncountable turtles, schools of jack fishes.
  • D7 Rudy Rock 50 m wall deep, coral and gorgonians varied Triggerfishes, Bathfishes, moray Frogfishes, ghost pipefishes. Cathedral, wall, with magnificent lighting effects with Triggerfishes Titans and Picasso, hudge Jack fishes...
  • Arrival to CEBU CITY, you will be transferred to the airport or to your hotel.
  • The route can undergo modifications according to the weather conditions or the safety conditions. The description of the dives is based on what we were able to observe regularly, but every dive is different.
 

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 25 m
  • Width: 6 m
  • Draft: 2.45 m
  • Building materials: Steel
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+8
  • Local Currency: PHP (Philippines Peso)
  • Language Spoken: English & French
  • Electricity: 220V

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My wife and I made our trip to Tubbutaha with Seadoors March 10th to March 16th 2018. Our pick up from our hotel was prompt and on time. We found the entire crew quick to introduce themselves and learn our names. The owner Pierlo was on board and very engaged with the guests also making many of the dives with us. Our cabin number three was at the front of the ship on the lower deck, it was cleaned daily and everything worked properly from the A/C to the shower. We had no problems with the toilet either, all experienced liveaboard customers know what I'm talking about!

In the main salon there is a dedicated camera and charging area with 220 and 110 volt receptacles, so no fear on charging batteries. There are also two rinse tanks dedicated to cameras on the main dive platform and two showers for after each dive. All dives but one of ours were made from chase boats. The crew handles getting your tanks, BC and fins on and off the chase boats.

The guests were split into two groups and given colored tags for there BCs indicating their group. Each dive briefing was given in English and French and that was also how our groups broke down with 8 divers in each group. One group got ready first and on their chase boat before the second group to help keep dive deck space open. The groups rotated each day who went first. We found the briefings to be well done with safety a priority which is good because this location is rather remote. We had two dive masters in the water on most dives the second one usually stayed up higher and behind the group. On the first dive all divers are required to send up there SMB's. I thought this was a great idea due to the remote location of the diving and possibility of strong currents which my wife and I did not experience on this trip.

As I am usually taking pictures, my wife and I made a lot of our dives away from the group and given all the freedom we wanted, this is a big plus for photographers. We made 4 dives a day and 3 on the last. The 4th dive each day ends as a night dive. We used nitrox all week and there were two testers on board; the average % was 32. The boat is also set up for people diving re-breathers also and the owner Pierlo made all of his dives on a re-breather.

By the end of the trip my wife and I were looking forward to hearing the bell ring to say it was time to eat. We were both left amazed that Anthony, the cook, could produce such high quality food out of such a small galley. The food is served buffet style. It was a fusion of French, Philippino, Asian and American with a Mexican night thrown in for good measure. We all ways found there to be plenty of food for every one.

My wife and I do not drink alcohol when on a dive trip but I would venture to say this French owned boat may have the best Belgian beer and French wine selection in the Philippines all reasonably priced self served on an honor system. The owner took all of his meals with the guests and an excellent host he was. On two evenings a projector screen was set up on the top deck under the stars and Blue Planet episodes shown great touch.

So what did we see? As expected very healthy corals vast fields of hard and soft popping with life, with reef fish of every shape and size. White tips and gray reef sharks on pretty much every dive. Manta rays on both of our dives at Black Rock. We had great dives with whale sharks at Jessie Beazly reef at shallow depths making for great photos. My wife and I had a great hammer head swim up from behind us and glide past with in 10' At a depth of 70' on one wall dive off of the south atoll our first! The amount of action at Delsan wreck required two dives: white tips, gray reefs, huge tunas, schools of jacks, eagle rays all concentrated on one dive. Tubbutaha may not be known for macro but we still found ghost pipefish, whip coral shrimp, numerous crabs, nudis and gobies.

My wife and I were very happy with the quality of diving and the pelagic marine life on offer. The exposed remote location of this site makes it suitable to more advanced divers; the trip was well worth it to my wife and I. Seadoors runs a solid professional operation at a very reasonable price. I would recommend this trip to any serious diver or photographer.

Visited on 03/2018 - Submitted on 03/19/2018

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